Izakaya Dinner at Kushi

Dinner at Kushi is one of the most delicious Japanese meals I’ve had in awhile. Special shout out goes to their mini rice bowl with salmon sashimi and roe — the fish glimmers with freshness and melts in your mouth like really fresh sashimi should; those little orange-red pearls of salmon roe burst when chewed, spreading delightfully rich and savoury goodness across the tastebuds. If heaven exists, I would hope I’ll be served this little bowl of gargantuan deliciousness thrice a week.

Kushi’s claim to fame in the District is their izakaya, a type of Japanese bar that serves food in small plates. Appetizers, sashimi, sushi are some of the typical offerings, but the grilled and skewered meats stand out as a specialty since izakaya restaurants are less common around here. And Kushi didn’t disappoint. Duck breast skewer was a hit at the table, and the grilled hanger steak we ordered — perfectly seared medium rare meat so juicy and tasty, we enjoyed every single bite.

Not ready for the meal to end, I went out on a whim and suggested dessert. We chose an off-the-menu special — the name escapes me — but it was like a soy milk panna cotta topped with a matcha (green tea) cream. The soy “panna cotta” was so light and delicately sweet, complemented by the matcha cream — my friend and I inhaled this in under two minutes and actually had a mini fight over the final spoonfuls!

Oh, I can’t wait to go back and try other items!

Kushi Izakaya
465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 682-3123
Hours: Thursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30–10:00 pm

Update: Sadly this place has gone out of business. They were DC legends while they lasted.

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